While the vast majority of cosmetic dentistry procedures are meant to improve the overall appearance of the teeth and mouth, and by extension of the overall face, most also have significant health benefits for the mouth and jaw. The most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures include:
Dental implants and tooth replacement
Gaps resulting from missing teeth can leave the mouth open to problems with alignment and function, and may also cause embarrassment. A cosmetic dentist is able to create a replacement for missing teeth that is designed to look and function like a natural tooth. Replacing missing teeth, particularly with dental implants, strengthens the overall function of the mouth and also fills out and restores the smile.
Veneers and crowns
Teeth may become damaged for any number of reasons, including simply aging. When teeth have been damaged, porcelain veneers or crowns may be applied over the damaged areas to improve the appearance of the teeth. Veneers and crowns also may be used to provide a smoother or straighter appearance for some patients. They have the added benefit of providing important structural support for damaged teeth and the adjacent healthier teeth.